ADD A SENSE OF LUXURY
About Foil Printed Wedding Stationery
Hot foil printing is everywhere and you can probably spot an example of it, if you take a look around your home. Foil printing features on the spines of books, in luxury packaging, on handles of make up brushes, and so much more. I use it to print onto paper to produce foiled wedding invitations, business stationery and greeting cards.
There are a number of different foil options available, not just gold and silver. I have a swatch book of all the foil choices on offer and it’s so much fun working with a client to help them choose the right foil for their job. The foils come in rolls and are available in various finishes, and optical effects. Metallic foil is most commonly seen today – particularly gold and silver, but foil rolls are also available in both glossy and matte finishes.
The foil press that I use requires each individual wedding invitation or business card to be hand pressed one at a time. It is a real labour of love and despite the repetitiveness, I really enjoy printing stationery in this way.
About the hot foil printing process
To briefly summarise the hot foil process, I send the designs off to a plate maker who creates a metal plate that features the design on. This is known as a hot foil die. This die is then attached to my hot foil press which is then heated up. Once the press has reached the correct temperature, foil is placed between the die and the paper that I am printing onto. Pressure is then applied by me pulling the handle of the machine down. The die, foil and paper are then pressed together, allowing the foil to adhere to the paper.
Hot foil printing is a great way to add a luxury feel to your wedding stationery. Although it’s more expensive than your typical print run, due to the handmade nature and the production of the hot foil die, the foil effect conveys a sense of luxe and extravagance that is perfect for wedding stationery or high-end boutique brands.